GENEVA (1 June 2018) - UN human rights experts have called on States to ramp up measures to safeguard and support human rights defenders at a time when they are coming under increasing pressure globally, saying civil society’s role in the international human rights system is vital.
In a statement issued at the end of a meeting initiated by the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, the experts acknowledged civil society’s crucial contribution to promoting human rights and sustainable development, and maintaining peace and security.
Read the full statement in English and Khmer.